“Robbin’ Season” is near, so clutch everything you hold dear.
FX is back at it again with its second season premiere of “Atlanta” debuting March 1st. Donald Glover, whom is now a two Emmy winning director/producer for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series is back and looking to give fans more of that organic Atlanta feel with season two of the series coincidentally called “Robbin’ Season” in which robberies and crime tends to rise due to the holidays.
Season one begins with a struggling yet ambitious Earl (Donald Glover) who is slowly trying to find his place in the world; he works a minimum wage job at an airport and often is couch-surfing between his on and off love, Van (Zazie Beetz) ,whom, for the most part of the show is the sole provider for their child and is putting pressure on Earl to get his life together. Earl finds a way to do so via way of his cousin Alfred aka rising rap star “Paper Boi”(Brian Tyree Henry) as he attempts to persuade him into becoming his manager. The love wasn’t so well received at first as they weren’t always close but through Earl’s persistence in making sure his cousin’s buzz was getting traction, they slowly start to reap the fruits of their labor. Earl is able to provide for his child through managing his rap career which also was a gainful method of showing Van that he’s making steps towards growth.
Throughout the series, Earl and Paper Boi’s relationship begins to cultivate through each random experience; whether if its maneuvering through the industry to find his place, getting harassed by an instagram hypebeast, handling janky promoters or dodging bullets from an invisible car. A huge cackle erupted from my mouth from that scene alone, which was probably heard five apartments down. See below.
As far as the comedic value of the show: The dark humor is a different narrative than we’ve seen on almost any other mainstream cable platform, which utilizes irony and dark tones for a greater sense of realism. You’re either laughing from a subtle but very “Atlanta” undertone that you’d only understand if you lived there or if you’re accustomed of being an outsider in a world that’s in constant chaos, with the cons of life often being more frequent than the pros. Donald Glover explains to journalists in 2018 about the sarcastic and random eeriness of the show at times as a subtle tone of how life can be, stating “that’s how it kind of feels to be black”.
I felt that.
While watching “Atlanta”, oftentimes you’re unsure of when to laugh or just be engulfed in the reality of the situation that being addressed as most of the tones in the show lead back to a topic that could be relative to a current or past social or political reality. Most of the time its hilarious, and meshed to the form of a Black Justin Beiber, a “transracial” black kid that thinks he’s a 35 year old Caucasian male, and again, that damn invisible car. I don’t know where that one ties into current events but sorry, can’t let that one go.
FX premieres “Atlanta” Season two on March 1st. Tune in for more details and a post show review by the team – The Player Way!